Living the Example- In His Word 1/5/15

Living the Example in His Word- 1-5-15

Do you live your life in a way that you are an example of Christ?
The Word of God tells us what to do to get saved.

 But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith which we preach): that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.  For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.  For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him.  For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” 
Romans 10:8-13

But how will others know that they too need salvation if we keep it to ourselves?
Our job is to share it, or testify to those around us in word and in deed.
 How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?  And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace. Who bring glad tidings of good things!” Romans 10:14-15
We can tell others by living our lives, as we have discussed before being ourselves; living a life that is pleasing to God, obeying His direction, loving one another unconditionally as humanly possible and such; this is living out our testimony. We can teach others by leading a Bible study, a life study or a small group gathering that focuses on right living according to His Word. In this we will give examples strictly according to the Word, not the world’s view. 
The most influential thing a person can do is to show how true we are to God. I do not mean going around saying verbally; “I am a Christian so I am perfect, the most wise person, the knowledgeable one, the one with a connection to God.” But to live a life that says, shows and demonstrates that God is love and those who know Him know that we mess up at times but when we do He picks us up, dusts us off, puts us back on our feet and says “try again my child”.

Sometimes our outward appearance does not reflect our inner heart, or so we think.
If you look around you in your life you can probably prove that is not the fact. There are people wearing facades around you and I. They walk around pretending that all is well when inside they are torn and tattered.

Many years ago I used an unmade bed as an example.  We can pull up the bed spread and tuck in the pillows even toss a few fancy looking ones on top; but if the sheets are not tucked into their place there will be lumps in the bed. When you go to get into the bed there will be cold air slipping in because your feet will not be evenly covered.
However you made your bed you have to lay in it.

If we take the time to follow the steps that our Bible, the Word of God, gives us we can make our heart’s clean and clear of rumpled sheets and clear away the lumps to start with.
The Bible tells us again and again to work on our heart because that is what God sees when He looks at us. The question is will He see a heart full of strife, or full of peace? Will He see an obedient heart, or one that is rebellious trying to get away without doing exactly what is told but skirting the edge and calling it clean.

If we take the time to make the bed properly there will be no lumps in the day and there will be more efficient rest at night.
One more thought n the bed; if we do not tuck it in we leave it open for intruders. Spiders or lizards have been known to find away into unmade beds. As a child in Clear Lake California we were told to check our beds for lizards at night before going to sleep. If the blankets and sheets were tucked tight enough we were safe, but if we had napped and left them loose sure enough there would be a lizard in there.
If we choose to make our lives according to God’s plan book, living according to His word then we will keep the junk from causing us harm or fear.
When we live our lives accordingly it will show.
Reading the Word of God regularly—shows up when you speak, write, or even the way you behave because it is grafted into your thought process. The more we read or study the Word the more it is written on our hearts and minds. The Godly words that will flow out of our mouths come from the Word we put in there from regular study.

Praying to God regularly--shows up in patience, mercy and love that you convey as you deal with other human beings, and sometimes even animals that irritate you normally. We find more peace as well and that shows in our countenance.  If you do not believe me look back to a photo of yourself before Christ, and now. The fruit is in your face!

Singing and making Melody in our hearts to the Lord—shows obviously that we love the Lord. When we do not just sing the words of the praise and worship songs both at church and on the radio the popular style of singing about God, but we put it to heart and sing to, and praise, and worship God Himself in songs and hymns both telling Him of what we feel; we will produce so much fruit!  Songs tend to reach out to more people than words or life styles sometimes. Our singing a song as we walk around the block or wandering through the grocery store can minister to someone today.

So to recap; know that you are saved with a purpose an that purpose is to share what you know. Be a fruitful servant of God; cultivate your seeds in the Word, water them in Prayer and fertilize them with praise songs. God will see an obedient upright heart when He looks at you and will cause the fruit to flourish and grow!
Dear Heavenly Father, Guide us in our steps that we may be found with out spot or wrinkle tempered by Your presence by your Holy Spirit and be known by our good fruits. In Jesus name, amen.
Suggested Reading: Romans 10:1-21, 2 Timothy 1:1-18, 2 Timothy 2:1-26,

 2 Timothy 3:1-17 and 2:Timothy 4:1-18.